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The John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer has traditionally been a bellwether for exciting new talent in the field of speculative fiction. It’s time for that to change.

It's clear to anyone with even a cursory familiarity with my work that I don't deserve to win the Campbell. That’s why I need you to help me become the least deserving winner of the Campbell in history. To drive home just how undeserving I am, here are some quotes about my work from people who ought to know:

"High on the profanity factor, this story isn’t for everyone. . . Even if you are a pervert."
----------The Fix Online, about “Gimpbomb Enters Room

"I'm sorry, I just don't get it . . . There's no magic anywhere in sight. . . it came across as an amateurish, slapped-together bit of nonsense."
----------Tangent Online, about “Murder at Doty Station”

"Nothing in Vampire mythology that I've read would ever suggest that they would take on a serious fight without serious reason. . . to have this serious, this intense of a fight, there needed to be a better reason than just a shirt."
----------tbaker2500, about “The Elves Hate You

"A lame groin joke never makes a good ending to a story, IMHO."
----------vburn, about “Eggs

"This 'writer' has clearly never had a real relationship, nor a real conversation. . . Was this seriously the best thing in the slush pile?"
----------Unregistered Guest, about “The Secret of Pogopolis

"You smell."
----------Sharyn November, about Matthew Bey in general